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Curious penguins approach during an Antarctic shore excursion

Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition

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This 14-day Antarctic expedition offers an in-depth exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula. Extended time in the region allows you to go beyond the Antarctic Peninsula and venture South of the Antarctic Circle, home to fantastic ice formations and wildlife. Enjoy time communing with penguins and visits to less-frequented landing sites.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Buenos Aires, Argentina
Day 2 : Fly to Ushuaia | Embark
Days 3-4 : Crossing the Drake Passage
Days 5-7 : The Antarctic Peninsula | South Shetland Islands
Days 8-9 : Antarctic Circle
Days 10-11 : Northbound along the Peninsula
Days 12-13 : Drake Passage to Ushuaia
Day 14 : Ushuaia, Argentina | Disembark

Highlights

  • Admire dramatic icebergs and search the landscape for Antarctica´s wildlife
  • Sail down the historic Beagle Channel on your way to the Drake Passage
  • Set foot on the White Continent & watch for penguins waddling on the beach
  • Kayak with whales and zodiac cruise looking for glaciers and icebergs

Ship

Ocean Endeavour (QU)

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Curious penguins approach during an Antarctic shore excursion An ocean of icebergs. Kayaking in antarctica Wander vast ice fields on your polar expedition cruise Albatross cruising the Drake Passage to Antarctica

Day 1 Buenos Aires, Argentina

Upon your arrival in Buenos Aires, independently transfer to the group hotel (pre-night hotel price is part of the additional Buenos Aires flight and transfer package).

Day 2 Fly to Ushuaia | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, the group flies to Ushuaia (price of flight is part of the additional Buenos Aires flight and transfer package). Upon arrival, take a short city tour of the quaint port down before heading to the pier. Embark on your Antarctic journey in the afternoon!  Sail down the historic Beagle Channel. This famous channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of anticipation as you depart—the next time you see land you are in the world’s most southern continent.

Day 3-4 Crossing the Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Spend these two days gazing out across the sea and getting to know your shipmates and expedition team as you sail. Spend your time preparing for the exciting days ahead, with numerous educational and informative lectures from your expedition team. Learn everything from safety procedures to the history of whaling in Antarctica. The waters of the Drake Passage are unpredictable, so hope for clear skies and a calm ocean.

Day 5-7 The Antarctic Peninsula | South Shetland Islands

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
With the Drake Passage left in your wake, get your cameras ready as the continent’s coastline makes its first appearance, signaling the start of your adventure in the realm of the Antarctic. See an abundance of icebergs float by and admire the surface of the ocean as curious whales spout and breach before your eyes.

As exciting as it can be from on-board, true explorations occur when disembarking and setting foot on the great continent. There are several potential landing sites, including Neko Harbor, Orne Harbor, or Paradise Bay. While weather dictates which specific landing sites are visited, each one presents a new collection of wildlife and natural attractions.

Spend your days in Antarctica spotting wildlife and being mesmerized by the beauty of the Peninsula. Watch penguins waddle on the beach and listen to the crackling and crumbling sounds of icebergs and glaciers. Kayaking with whales and polar camping are optional activities.

Day 8-9 Antarctic Circle

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as most expeditions to the Peninsula do not reach this far south, which is officially noted at 66° 33’ S. Celebrate in style with a well-earned glass of champagne! Make a toast and take pride in knowing you have made it to a part of the world still visited by very few people.

Day 10-11 Northbound along the Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
At this point in the trip, your knowledge of chinstrap, Adélie and gentoo penguins is matched by your ability to differentiate between a leopard, fur, or Weddell seal. As you head back towards the Drake, Zodiac excursions continue to fill your days, while the expedition team helps to fill any blanks that remain in your newly-acquired knowledge of the Antarctic.

Day 12-13 Drake Passage to Ushuaia

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Spend the next two days re-crossing the Drake. During this time, your expedition team rounds up their series of lectures as well, perhaps with a slideshow of some of the great landing sites and wildlife you’ve visited over the course of your voyage.

Day 14 Ushuaia, Argentina | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, say goodbye to your expedition team and your fellow travelers. Disembark in the morning and spend some time in Ushuaia before heading back to Buenos Aires (price of flight is part of the additional Buenos Aires flight and transfer package).

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A twin window on deck five features a picture window, two lower berths and private bath. Approximately 9-10 m² (95 to 105 sq ft).
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A single on deck five is an interior cabin with a lower berth and private bath. Approximately 9-10 m² (95 to 105 sq ft).
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A twin porthole on deck four features a porthole window, two lower berths and private bath. Approximately 9-10 m² (95 to 105 sq ft).
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Twin Porthole Plus
Two twin porthole plus rooms on deck four features a porthole window, one or two beds and one private bath. Approximately 18-20 m² (190 to 200 sq ft). Cabin currently undergoing renovations.
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Two twin window plus rooms on deck five features a picture window, one or two beds and two private baths. Approximately 18-20 m² (190 to 200 sq ft). Cabin currently undergoing renovations.
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An upper deck twin on decks seven and eight features a large picture window (obstructed view), two lower berths or one double bed and private bath. Approximately 13 m² (140 sq ft).
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A superior twin on decks five and seven features a picture window, two lower berths and a private bath. Approximately 19 m² (205 sq ft).
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A top deck twin on deck eight features two large picture windows (partial obstruction), two lower berths and private bath. Approximately 14.5 m² (155 sq ft).
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A junior suite on decks five and seven features a picture window, two lower berths and private bath. Approximately 30 m² (320 sq ft).
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The owner’s suite on deck seven features two large bow-facing windows, one double bed, separate sitting room and private bath with tub. Approximately 30 m² (320 sq ft).

Notes

Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy. Request the Twin Share Program where you are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate is not found for you, no single supplement will be charged.

Cabins are available for single occupancy at the following rates:

2016-2017 Season - 1.3 times the double occupancy rate for Twin Porthole and Window cabins, 1.7 times for Porthole Plus and Upper Deck, and 2 times for all Premium cabins.

2017-2018 season - 1.7 times the double occupancy rate for cabin types except for Premium cabins (2.0 times the double occupany rate)

Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that everything can be accomplished. A measure of flexibility is something all must bring to a voyage. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places mentioned above may be changed to others equally as interesting.

Important Note:
* Charter flight is not included in the base price of the trip
The Buenos Aires Flight and Transfer Package is $800 (2017) and $950 (2018), and includes:
• Pre expedition hotel night in Buenos Aires, with breakfast
• Group transfer from the hotel to the airport in Buenos Aires
• Charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, and return
• Group transfer from Ushuaia airport to the ship, and return
• Combined airport transfer and express bus tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park after disembarkation

Rates include:
• Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
• All breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks​ on board throughout your voyage
• Complimentary wine with dinner
• All shore landings per the daily program
• Leadership throughout the voyage by your experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities
• All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
• Formal and informal presentations by your Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled
• Photographic Journal on DVD, documenting the voyage
• A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
• An official parka to keep
• Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
• Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
• Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Antarctic Reader
• All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
• All luggage handling aboard ship
• Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $100,000 per person

This expedition excludes:
• Any airfare
• Passport and visa expenses
• Government arrival and departure taxes
• Meals ashore
• Baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance
• Excess baggage fees on international flights
• Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges
• Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
• Shipboard or land telecommunication charges
• Phone and Internet charges
• Voluntary gratuity for ship's crew, Hospitality or Expedition Team members
• Additional overnight accommodation
• Optional kayaking activities
• Arrival transfer in Buenos Aires on Day 1

Included

  • 13 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 12 Dinners
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